Taking The Plunge

Ijo Pona is dead!

But, what was Ijo Pona? Ijo Pona was the name of my old, personal blog – on it I gleefully ranted about nylon socks and Bigfoot (and other feet related themes). It was a right laugh and helped me learn about web design and gave me something to play with.

However, a Blog is a social tool – with a blog it works as a white-hat SEO tool. As in, people are attracted to your site for the Blog and then they carry on looking around the site (ideally!). I have imported all of the posts and media along with the comments and now have a fully functioning Ijo Pona under www.treebark.design/blog/.

The complicated part was quite easy actually. I needed to write a 301 redirect:

If you had an old domain such as example.com, and now you decided you actually want to use example.net for the website. You could setup a 301 redirect for the entire domain, so that old links to example.com carry over. This is a permanent 301 redirect. To do this, I went to my .htaccess file and added some code. This code lets search engines and others know that an old link has been replaced by a new one. It’s the recommended method for directing traffic from an existing page.

The code I inserted in to the .htaccess file was:

RewriteEngine on

RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^ijopona.org [NC,OR]

RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www.ijopona.org [NC]

RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://treebarkdesign.com/blog//$1 [L,R=301,NC]

To test it out, type in www.ijopona.org to your web browser and see the result – notice that it points to www.treebark.design/blog/ ? Magic!

 
A Harrogate Blog - Written By A Harrogate Blogger. Andy Is Harrogate's Chief Procrastinator. A 'Funny Little Man.' By day a web designer, Andy has a hand in several music projects - including being in a chart-topping producer duo and he runs his own record label.